Bolivia: Latest humor on our daily ordeal

This week, part of our country experiences road blockades, our exports are still under the bureaucratic cloud of current governmental red tape, no new investors are knocking our doors… so, here are some cartoons from our press that capture our current quest.

This is from El Diario, September 11, 2012:

It portrays the mixed signals and the chaos around due to the frequent changes and erratic public policy of current government.

While we were blessed with loan forgiveness and our raw materials experienced the best possible international prices ever, time is passing by and there is no serious commitment to strengthen our productivity, let alone be competitive in this century.

This is from Los Tiempos, September 11, 2012:

Adan: “now that the government is reaching agreements with the private sector, with the Eastern agricultural industry, is against mining and private property take overs, and says its willing to fight against the narcotraffick and smuggling, you may be happy, right?”

Avernoy: “yup, brother Adan, it only needs to respect the freedom of expression, punish the corrupt ones, and those who violate human rights”

Dog: “shut… with that, even Adam Smith and David Ricardo would be satisfied!”

This is from La Razon, September 4, 2012:

Take overs in the mining sector have escalated in violence, intolerance and anarchical behavior is present, due to governmental mixed signals…

Notice how ‘healthy’ and ‘prosperous’ appear the miners who work under the cooperative light and the state-owned mines.

Since yesterday, road blockades have fenced La Paz city and there are no signs of real solutions. While private sector mining and their appropriate technology remain idle.

This is from La Prensa, September 3, 2012:

We see our Bolivia been filled with coca all over.

The cartoon shows our presidential palace, ‘dumping/filling’ our whole nation, led by the coca growers who have as their leader, the current president of all Bolivians.

It is worth noting that all that excess coca production feeds the illegal cocaine industry and promotes money laundering, corruption at greater scale.

We have not only lost the ATPDEA concession for our textile industry, but corruption and violence has taken over our daily lives.

This is from El Dia, August 30, 2012:

The TIPNIS right for their indigenous territory and the real and effective protection of our national parks, continue to be under peril.

The government continues, relentlessly going after the road that would cut the TIPNIS in half; which would bring not only deforestation to one of our best pristine areas but also new coca fields for the cocaine industry.

The sign above reads “it was deem convenient to extend the deadline”, while government officials try to shove in the ‘consultation’ pill to the TIPNIS people.

This is from El Dia, August 27, 2012:

The general population census is scheduled for this November, the fight regarding our ‘origin’ remains at risk. While the government tries to erase our mestizo condition, the rest of us still fight for it.

The real problem underneath is regarding of the political distribution (congress and regional and municipal seats) and how funding will be re-allocated.

It appears that the intention is to fracture the departmental unity and force the ‘indigenous’ concept, thus giving away vast sums of money to the ‘indigenous’, that would be why the government wants to avoid the mestizo category and force people to identify themselves with one of the nations approved in current constitution.

In other words, it is just a blunt attempt to manipulate us on behalf of the ruling party’s benefit.

There is certainly more cartoons available as this political style provides lots of unfortunate mishaps. I need to stop now with this, from El Diario, August 27, 2012:

Here we see current president going after his speech writer… almost every time the presidential lips open, there is the need to ‘interpret’ and/or ‘translate’ whatever he meant… yet, seems no lessons learned are acknowledged…

Published by Bolivian Thoughts

Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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